I have a totalitarian regime which is, hopefully, going to evolve over time to a democracy. At the moment the regime covers a range of planets (about 40) and I envisage the planets either becoming wholly democratic, or being linked to 12 central planets with a linked governance to their lead planet; the lead planet being one of the twelve.
Is this devolvement or secession? Or something else....
I have 10 years to achieve the change with the head of the empire actively seeking to achieve it. Realistic or too short?